Wedding dress worn by Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility

Love, Desire & Riches

Dates: 1 Jul 2014 - 30 Sep 2014

Address: Rippon Lea House & Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria 3185

Phone: 03 9656 9804  


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Stimulate your fashion senses and wear your heart on your sleeve by getting an exclusive look into significant fashion pieces of wedding couture from the 18th to 21st century, at the National Trusts Love, Desire & Riches exhibition at Rippon Lea House & Gardens.

From the flair of Armani to the visionary heroines of Jane Austen, the exhibition will explore the intersection between film, historic fashion and the social narrative of weddings, all within the majestic grounds of Rippon Lea.

Fashion enthusiasts, collectors and hopeless romantics can explore the exquisite, wide ranging collection of wedding gowns drawn from timeless moments in literature and film, renowned designer pieces, alongside real life love stories of the women and men of Melbourne.

The collection includes Valentino's magnificent gown worn by Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, and an Armani creation worn by Charlene, Princess of Monaco. Australian designers will also be featured, including Alex Perry's wedding dress design for Kyly Clarke, wife of cricketer Michael Clarke.

In addition to the costume display, the exhibition will also provide an evocative atmosphere with delectable treats and flower displays embodying a true wedding ambience.

There will be a number of Public Programs throughout the exhibition including Marianna Hardwick 2014 Collection runway show, Q & A with Akira and Curator Talks. Please see website for more information.

Bookings recommended.

Content: National Trust of Australia (Victoria)


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Price includes two adults and up to two children








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Tram 67 (Carnegie) to stop 42 or Sandringham Train to Rippon Lea train station


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